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 Over the course of the last year, Google’s AdWords advertising platform started launching a number of new products that allow advertisers to link ads and phone calls. Those include click-to-call ads, call metrics and calls as conversion in your AdWords stats, but today, it is taking this concept a bit further with the launch of Website Call Conversions. Read More

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 Ad tech company AppNexus just announced that it has raised an additional $60 million. The company said that the round, which could eventually reach $100 million, valued AppNexus at $1.2 billion. The money came from an unnamed “large, Boston-based public equity and asset management firm.” Read More

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 While communities built around GitHub and Stack Overflow have developers working together more than they ever have before, one group’s work is typically seen by too few, considering the impact it could have: researchers in academia, whose work at its most successful is typically discussed only at conferences or in journals. Read More

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 Tom Hanks’ name can do more than sell a movie, it seems. His recently launched, hipster-ish typewriter app for iPad, Hanx Writer, has now shot up to the top of the iTunes App Store, ranking number one in both the Productivity section, as well as Overall. Launched last week, Hanx Writer turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter, offering a pseudo-analog typing experience. The bangs… Read More

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 Community Health Systems, one of the largest hospital operators in the U.S., today announced that hackers stole about 4.5 million records with patient names, addresses, birth data, phone numbers and Social Security numbers. The company says the data was stolen in attacks that occurred between April and June 2014 and the hackers gained access to data from anybody who was referred for or… Read More

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 Thanks to the predicted tech talent shortage and uncertainty in other industries, the idea of switching careers to jump to the tech industry is an enticing prospect for many in these less-than-stellar economic times. Read More

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 Vatler hopes to offer an alternative to having to deal with all that. It provides a way for you to order a valet through a mobile app, enabling you to drop your car off in front of your office and then request it whenever you’re ready to leave. Read More

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 A small consolidation wave in the Bitcoin space continues as bigger, better-funded companies scoop up teams of talented designers and engineers. Coinbase, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed Bitcoin wallet and merchant processing company, completed another talent acquisition today with the purchase of Blockr.io. Blockr.io is a popular explorer for the Blockchain, or the distributed public ledger… Read More

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 Four days after being banned in Berlin by local taxi regulators on safety grounds, Uber is back on track in both that city and Hamburg. The company just released a statement confirming the news after the presiding judge of the Berlin Administrative Court today suspended the regulator’s ban on Uber “until further notice”. The ruling said Uber can continue its business in… Read More

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 If you’ve spent any time around designers or the Internet, you’ll at least have a passing familiarity with a chunk of text so pervasive online that it’s almost invisible. Called Greeking or Lorem Ipsum, the chunk of Latin is used by many designers as a placeholder for text on Internet pages. And, until recently, it could have been a secret language for spies. First, a bit… Read More

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 It’s not easy finding the perfect cup of coffee. There are literally thousands of independent coffee roasters around the United States, and it’s nearly impossible to find one that you’ll love. Even if you do, not many are set up to take online orders. Y Combinator-backed startup Craft Coffee has come up with a way to connect its customers with roasters and beans that… Read More

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 BlockTrail is a new platform for bitcoin analytics launched today by Amsterdam-based researchers BlockCorp. It’s secured €500,000 ($669,310) in funding from BlockCorp, which was set up by entrepreneur Boaz Bechar and VKontakte co-founder Lev Leviev. Competing with Blockchain.info and Blockr, the platform hopes to surface information about crypto currency transactions by creating… Read More

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 Attractive, decked-out offices are a good way to attract new talent, which has led many tech companies (and others) to furnish their office spaces via Chris Burch’s workplace products company Poppin, which counts among its clients LinkedIn, Rent the Runway, Squarespace, Warby Parker, and the NFL Network. Today, the company is announcing an additional $17 million in Series C funding.… Read More

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 We’ve all had those moments when we share a picture or document with a friend but suddenly you’ve lost control and they’re showing it to everyone they know. It works the same on social media — once a tweet, a Facebook post or email is sent, there’s no going back. Read More

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 Purplebricks, the UK-based property startup which hopes to disrupt the agency model by charging a low fixed fee for transactions which normally cost thousands, has secured a further £8 million investment – or a 30% stake – from Neil Woodford, one of Britain’s highest profile fund managers. Current investors have also invested over £1m alongside Woodford in this latest round. Read More

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 ChangeTip is hoping to drive mass adoption of micropayments on the web by using Bitcoin plus existing social networks as the medium to deliver feeless micro donations to content creators. Which means part of its mission is “to spell the end of click bait”. And that’s something anyone who spends time online should really be rooting for. Read More

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 GetSet, a new stealthy US edtech startup that’s aiming to reduce the high college drop-out rate is uncloaking today and revealing its first rollout at Arizona State University, with its 10,000+ freshmen. Read More

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 Hola Internet of Things! Startupbootcamp, the pan-European accelerator based loosely on the Techstars model, has opened applications for a new program in Barcelona dedicated to accelerating IoT and related ‘Big Data’ startups. Read More

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 Business today has entered a twilight zone of sorts where what you used to know doesn’t really apply any more. From the firewall mentality in IT to traditional marketing and advertising approaches in marketing to the way you run your customer service desk — it’s all changing because of the digital transformation happening all around us. And you have to change too by… Read More

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 Xiaomi has released the latest version of its operating system, MIUI 6. With an design that features iOS 7-like flat icons and gradient rainbow colors, the Android UI won’t help Xiaomi ward off accusations that it copies hardware and software designs from Apple and other competitors. Read More

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 Google and Mesosphere today announced a partnership that brings support for Mesos clusters to Google’s Compute Engine platform. While the Mesos project and Mesosphere aren’t quite household names yet, they are quickly becoming important tools for companies that want to be able to easily scale their applications, no matter whether that’s in their own data centers, in a… Read More

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 The UK’s OpenRent, an online letting service that operates as an alternative to traditional letting agents, has secured a “multimillion pound” media for equity investment from Northern & Shell Ventures, which operates Express Newspapers. Read More

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 Bigcolors, a Hong Kong-based startup crowdfunding platform and venture capital firm, has acquired GetViable, which produces an array of tools for startup founders, for an undisclosed amount. GetViable is based in Melbourne and has offices in Hong Kong and the U.S. as well. The two companies should be able to offer more resources to startup founders in the Asia-Pacific, who often lack the access… Read More

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 The UK’s SportPursuit, a 1 million member-strong flash sales site for sports and outdoor gear, appears to have made somewhat of a hiring coup. It’s recruited Kath Smith, ex UK managing director for both Adidas and Rebook. Read More

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 Chairish, the online marketplace that lets people buy and sell used home decor items, has raised $4 million in a new round of funding. The funding, which was announced last week and is led by Azure Capital and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, is the startup’s Series A round and brings its total investment to more than $7 million. The San Francisco-based Chairish was founded in 2013… Read More

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